It is unclear how Mr. Caddle arrived to hire the two men, who he said traveled from Connecticut and Philadelphia to commit the murders, or why he wanted Mr. Galdieri, 52-year-old son and grandson of a state legislator, killed. .
Nor is it clear when federal investigators took over the investigation. A spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office referred questions to the US attorney’s office in Newark. A spokesman there did not respond to a request for comment.
Mr Bratsenis, 73, and Mr Africa, 61, have long criminal histories that include multiple robberies, court and prison records show. The two are now awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty several years ago to charges stemming from the Trumbull bank robbery, according to court records.
Mr. Bratsenis, a native of Connecticut, and Mr. Africa, born in Paterson, NJ, have been held in various federal and state prisons. They had been in the same cell block at one prison, the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, for seven years and, according to prosecutors, formed a criminal relationship.
“During their time in prison or shortly after both were released,” a court filing said, the two men “planned to rob a bank together.”
Mr. Sheridan’s call to revisit the deaths of his parents was only part of the debacle when Mr. Caddle entered the school. Another was that his lawyer revealed in court that Mr. Caddle had cooperated with the FBI on a “significant investigation”.
“You know that he signed on as a cooperating witness,” said attorney, Edwin J. Jacobs Jr.told a federal judge while arguing favorable bail terms at Mr. Caddle’s Jan. 25 plea hearing, according to a transcript.
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